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'Born Trump' Examines The 'Emotional Hold' The President Has On His Family

1 hour 41 min ago

Journalist Emily Jane Fox focused on Trump's three marriages and five children when writing her new book. "His presence is overwhelming," she says of the president's role in the family.

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2 Books Find Fuel In The American Landscape

2 hours 11 min ago

Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two books to expand your horizons: One is a cultural history of the great American road trip; the other an early 20th-century classic of Midwestern rural life.

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Summer Horror Poll: Meet Our Expert Panelists!

7 hours 25 min ago

We asked you to tell us about your favorite horror novels and short stories, and you gave us more than 6,500 titles. Now, meet the expert judges who'll take those parts and create a beautiful monster.

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'Tell The Machine' Is A Lucid Dream Of Sci-Fi Perfection

10 hours 25 min ago

Katie Williams' debut novel follows a woman who works for a company that can tell you infallibly how to become happy — and a drifting group of characters who aren't really looking for happiness.

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 7 Books For Summer Reading

12 hours 21 min ago

Pearl's under-the-radar recommendations include a children's fantasy, a murder mystery set in 1919 Kolkata and an entire book dedicated to the events of 1947.

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If The First Season Of 'Detroiters' Flew Under Your Radar, Adjust Your Settings

12 hours 25 min ago

The deeply goofy and weirdly sweet comedy series about two best friends (Veep's Sam Richardson and SNL's Tim Robinson) who love their city, and each other, is back for a second season.

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MIT Clears Junot Diaz Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 8:17pm

After a monthlong investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and verbal abuse, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz has been cleared by MIT to continue teaching there next year.

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2 First-Rate Novels Celebrate The Humor And Heroism Of Unconventional Women

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:54pm

Authors Dorthe Nors and Sayaka Murata use bracing good humor to subvert readers' expectations about single women in their new novels, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal and Convenience Store Woman.

Novelist Stephen McCauley Embraces Life On A 'Small, Everyday Scale'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:54pm

McCauley's novel, My Ex-Life, is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says.

After 80 Years, The Barbershop Harmony Society Will Allow Women To Join

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:11pm

The Society for The Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America first convened in the spring 1938, in an all-white social club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's come a long way.

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'The Boyfriend Bracket' Isn't What You Expect — But It's A Winner

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:00am

Kate Evangelista's new book is called The Boyfriend Bracket, but it's done with the titular bracket in just a few chapters, becoming a sweet story about a high-school senior and her childhood crush.

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'This Is A Moment, Honey': 'Queer Eye' Gurus Jonathan And Antoni On The Show's Magic

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:07am

Fab Five members Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski discuss the second season's heartwarming premiere and why the reboot has been such a hit.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:00am

You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending a few.

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Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:39pm

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.

'The Melody' Will Draw You In, Then Take You Somewhere Unexpected

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:00am

Jim Crace's superb new novel is a trickster — it seems to be a bittersweet tale of late-life love, but then it becomes a meditation on gentrification and the toll poverty can take on human beings.

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange's novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features "a literary authority rare in a debut."

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It'll Take More Than A Few Angry Villagers To Kill Off 'Frankenstein'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 6:00am

Mary Shelley's timeless novel gave us not only an enduring trope — the misunderstood monster — but an equally enduring way to talk about what happens when human knowledge outpaces responsibility.

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Have We Reached Peak Funny?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:00am

In his new book Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture, Ken Jennings takes humor seriously, tracing how comedy infiltrated every aspect of our lives — and what it's doing to us.

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What We Learned From Dad

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 7:12am

This Father's Day, we celebrate what our dads have taught us, from how to run to being a good listener.

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'You Just Serve As Much As You Can': Mj Rodriguez On Ball Culture And 'Pose'

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 7:12am

The FX drama stars several transgender actors, including Rodriguez. She says, "It's great that finally our stories are getting to be told."

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